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BY NAMULONGO PETER,NAIROBI,21ST DEC 2017-A day after Kenya certificate of secondary education KCSE exams results were announced National Super Alliance leader Raila Odinga has called for investigation into mass failure in this year’s Form Four national exams.Odinga wants the government to form a task force that will undertake the probe.
in a statement sent to the press on Thursday December 21,Odinga said the low transition from secondary school to university should worry any well meaning Kenyan.
“Close to 90 per cent of the KCSE candidates have failed. This is very worrying,” he said.
The results released on Wednesday by Education Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i indicate that only 70,073 out of the 611,952 candidates — just 11.5 per cent — managed the minimum university entry qualification of mean grade C+.
The results also indicated that the students who scored grade A were 142 a difference of just 1 student as compared to the year 2016 when number of A grades recorded were 141.The same year those who qualified to join public universities were 88,929.
Reiterating the country’s need for skilled manpower to achieve growth, the former presidential candidate said transition to university is key to realization of national goals.
Mr Odinga wants education ministry to address concerns raised by parents and teachers’ unions on the failure.
“As the country commits resources to free learning and scales up enrolment, the whole purpose and value for money is lost when close to 90 per cent of those students eventually fail,” Mr Odinga said.
NASA leader has also congratulated teachers and schools that excelled in the national test.
He also commended the Kenya National Examination Council for the reforms that have been undertaken so resulting to a reduction in cheating and the speedy release of results.
Results have received condemnation from across section of stakeholders with Teachers unions dismissing them a fraud that had condemned students to mass failure.